In the course of my MA research I discovered that while new technologies can facilitate new approaches to collaboration and performance their seemingly endless applications means that the creative process itself is in danger of becoming secondary. The promise of the removal of all restraint, of limitations for the artists creative energy, in turn renders that energy diffuse, directionless. We are in danger of calculating a formula where art plus computer becomes ‘super-art’, whereas all you can ever make is art.
In these experimental performance pieces I have remained focused on the question of how a performers body can be translated into and in turn transformed by, visual and audio output within a network. I have consciously resisted the temptations of flashy technologies. The work that I present here explores possibilities of interaction between sound, image and the human body. These pieces are deliberately open ended, intended to prompt further thinking and experimentation. I enjoy the combination of a low-tech, stripped down aesthetic and high-definition production.
Title 1: Flies
Motion-tracking flies in my garden.
Title 2,3 & 4: Experiments in translation: feedback, midi, voice analysis.
(Me in a feedback loop with a subwoofer; Jonathon plays the note and I ring the bell; a computer synthesizes my notation of the changing pitch of Susie’s voice.)
Jonathan Green – Composer, sound recordist, performer
Steven Davis – Film, technical advice
Suzanne Purkis – Singer